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Why is Working Lunch ending?

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The final Working Lunch will be broadcast today, July 30th 2010.

Below is a message from BBC Head of Newsgathering, Fran Unsworth, explaining the decision to end the show.


Today is the last edition of Working Lunch, a programme which has done invaluable service for viewers over the years in providing information on a range of topics on business and personal finance.

But the world has moved on in past 16 years and whilst the programme was groundbreaking when it first went on air, there has since been an explosive growth of broadcast media and the launch of the internet. It means that audiences now have a range of ways of accessing this sort of information.

Many people have written to us saying they have been saddened and in some cases infuriated by this decision. But the BBC, like other organisations has to make tough decisions about how and where we spend our resources to ensure they provide maximum benefit to licence fee payers. The cancellation of Working Lunch will deliver cost-saving for BBC News, much of which will be re-cycled back into programme making.

It's always sad when a programme reaches the end of its lifecycle, but our business coverage has never been about one programme.

In the slot we will be bringing the news, current affairs and business programme, "GMT with George Alagiah" to BBC2. The international edition is already a cornerstone of the BBC's international output. The programme showcases the best of BBC journalism from around the world and has a strong business focus.

In addition, the BBC will also be commissioning a new agenda setting business programme on the News Channel at the weekend and a new money and business programme on Radio 5live.

We believe our new programme line up will serve BBC2, 5live and News Channel audiences well.

- Fran Unsworth


If you want to leave feedback, you can do so using the 'Comments' function on Fran's blog - click here.

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